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News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, January 23, 2012

Mudslide closes parkway indefinitely

A stretch of West Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast remains closed as city engineers assess damage to the street and utilities from Sunday's mudslide. Engineers are determining what needs to be done to stabilize and rebuild the parkway, establish access to homes and clean up the area.

Bellevue Utilities crews made temporary repairs to a broken water main at the 500 block of West Lake Sammamish Parkway, and all but three homes have had water service restored.

The water main break occurred sometime after 11:45 a.m. on Sunday. It is unknown at this time if the main break resulted in the mudslide or the mudslide compromised the area around the water main, resulting in the break.

Four properties were damaged and evacuated. No injuries were reported. The city is coordinating with Puget Sound Energy.

West Lake Sammamish Parkway is closed from Northeast Second Street at Northup Way (north) to Southeast 26th Street (south) until further notice. From the south end, drivers will be detoured to Southeast 26th Street, leading to 168th and 164th avenues Southeast.  From the north end, drivers will be detoured to Northup Way and Northeast Eighth Street. Local access only is permitted between Northeast Second and Southeast 26th streets.

Bellevue School District bus service has been cancelled in that area of West Lake Sammamish Parkway. Parents with children who ride the bus in that area should be in contact with their child’s school to be notified when bus service will resume. Allied Waste Services may not be able to collect garbage from some homes on the Parkway, but is looking into alternate forms of collection.

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Utilities Department
450 110th Ave. NE
P.O. Box 90012
Bellevue, WA 98009
Phone: 425-452-7840
E-mail: utilities@bellevuewa.gov?cc=mmay@bellevuewa.gov

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